Measure for Measure

by: William Shakespeare

Act 5 Scene 1

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The city gate.
The city gate.
MARIANA veiled, ISABELLA, and FRIAR PETER, at their stand. Enter DUKE VINCENTIO, VARRIUS, Lords, ANGELO, ESCALUS, LUCIO, Provost, Officers, and Citizens, at several doors
MARIANA wearing a veil, ISABELLA, and FRIAR PETER are at their stand. DUKE VINCENTIO, VARRIUS, lords, ANGELO, ESCALUS, LUCIO, the Provost, officers, and citizens enter from several directions.

DUKE VINCENTIO

My very worthy cousin, fairly met!
Our old and faithful friend, we are glad to see you.

DUKE VINCENTIO

(to Angelo) My fellow nobleman, welcome!
(to Escalus) My faithful old friend, I’m glad to see you.

ANGELO, ESCALUS

Happy return be to your royal grace!

ANGELO, ESCALUS

Welcome home, your royal grace!

DUKE VINCENTIO

Many and hearty thankings to you both.
5We have made inquiry of you; and we hear
Such goodness of your justice, that our soul
Cannot but yield you forth to public thanks,
Forerunning more requital.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Many hearty thanks to you both. I’ve been asking about you, and I’ve heard such good things about your rule that I just had to thank you publicly, as a preview of more rewards to come.

ANGELO

You make my bonds still greater.

ANGELO

You make my debt to you even greater.

DUKE VINCENTIO

10O, your desert speaks loud; and I should wrong it,
To lock it in the wards of covert bosom,
When it deserves, with characters of brass,
A forted residence ’gainst the tooth of time
And razure of oblivion. Give me your hand,
15And let the subject see, to make them know
That outward courtesies would fain proclaim
Favours that keep within. Come, Escalus,
You must walk by us on our other hand;
And good supporters are you.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Oh, you’re extremely worthy, and it’d be wrong of me to hide it in my heart, when it deserves to be written in brass letters, as on a monument, where time can’t erase it. Give me your hand, and let the people see, so they’ll know how proud I am to display my high regard for you. Come, Escalus, you must walk with me on my other side. You make a fine

supporter

in heraldry, one of the figures that holds up a shield (as in a coat of arms, for instance)

supporter
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FRIAR PETER and ISABELLA come forward
FRIAR PETER and ISABELLA come forward.

FRIAR PETER

20Now is your time: speak loud and kneel before him.

FRIAR PETER

Now’s the time: speak up and kneel before him.

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